At least a dozen of the neighbors of St. John's University's new Henley Road dorm project addressed Community Board 8 last week during the monthly meeting, upset that the negotiations were conducted without community input and worried about its impact on the neighborhood.
Neighbors, CB 8 sound off on St. John's dormitory plan
The six-story, 485-bed dorm is to go up on a sextuple lot at 172-14 Henley Rd. among one- and two-family houses and low-rise multi-unit buildings in a neighborhood where the two sides of the street are zoned differently. The south side is zoned R5, which allows multi-unit residential buildings, and the north side of Henley Road is zoned R1-2, which permits one- and two-family detached houses. Neither zoning designation has a set maximum height if used for a community facility.
Councilman James Gennaro has written a letter to the editor about the situation.
Pictured is an aerial view of the area where they want to build the dorm.